What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest, most effortless, and natural forms of meditation. The word Vedic comes from the Sanskrit word Veda, or knowledge. The Vedas are the ancient Indian body of knowledge that is the source of Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and Indian philosophy. The technique of Vedic Meditation originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and the integrity of the tradition has been passed on through an unbroken line of Vedic Masters from that time, and is referred to in ancient Vedic literature, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads.
Vedic Meditation is not a monastic practice. Meaning, it wasn’t designed for people whose spiritual path involves detaching from society. This technique was developed for “householders”—people who are fully engaged in life. Multi-tasking people with active minds who lead busy lives with jobs, relationships, and families.
Although originating in India this is not exclusively “Indian” knowledge. The technique is universal in its nature, practiced by and benefiting people all over the world, regardless of their society, profession, age, religion, or belief system. As the technique triggers a physiological effect in the brain and body, it requires absolutely no faith or belief system to work.
How is the technique practiced?
The Vedic Meditation technique is practiced by sitting comfortably with eyes-closed, and gently using a specific sound, or “mantra,” to naturally settle the mind and body into a state of deep rest. This state goes beyond thought, and is referred to as transcending. Meditators describe this state as supreme inner contentment.
A key feature of this technique is that it does not involve concentration, forced repetition or “chanting” of the mantra. It also does not involve the student learning how to develop a way of paying attention to or monitoring thoughts or activity, as is the case in some other types of mediation. It is effortless, enjoyable, and requires no focus. Due to these attributes, Vedic Meditation can be practiced successfully by anyone, without a lengthy or complex learning process.
Using this technique, your awareness settles down to experience a unique state of restful alertness, an inner wakefulness beyond thought. The state of going beyond thought, or transcendence, that is provided by the Vedic Meditation technique also allows a direct experience of your most essential self, of the “you” that lies beyond all your thoughts and stress and struggles.
What are the benefits of Vedic Meditation?
The restfulness accompanying this form meditation is considerably deeper than that gained through sleep. This profound rest allows deep-rooted stresses to dissolve naturally, bringing innumerable health benefits to the individual (see more below).
It is through revisiting this state of restful alertness that meditators report feeling happier, less stressed, have improved personal relationships, become more creative and more productive, and more adaptable to the demands of life. Additional benefits include:
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety
- Decreased Depression
- Reduced Insomnia
- Improved Self-esteem
- Better Deciscion Making
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Decreased Cholesterol
- Reduced Cardiovascular Risk Factors
- Improved Immune Function
- Reduction in Pain
- Decreased Health Care Costs and Utilization
- Improved Intelligence, Creativity and Learning Ability
- Improved Academics
- Improved School Behavior
- Reduced Substance Abuse
- Increased Energy Levels
- Improved Sports Performance
- Normalization of Body Weight